Category : Science

Friction among physicists at blatant sexism within the industry

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As a result of historical social practices we as a society have essentially come to understand sexism as a common, misogynistic occurrence, driven by the innate patriarchal nature of our culture. However, on the 28th of September Professor Allessandro Strumia depolarised this argument by claiming physics was “invented and built … Read More

The Birds, the Bees and the…Mice?

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For the first time, mouse pups have been produced solely using genetic material from two male parents. The Gryphon takes a closer look. Try to recall your first sex ed lesson. As long ago as it was for most of us, what did they teach you about how babies were … Read More

Forever Young: How We Could Keep Our Brains Stretchy into Adulthood

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Human brains are plastic (no, not the kind you get your Crispy’s takeout in!). Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s astonishing ability to change and adapt over time. This could involve the reorganisation of tasks, the development of new neuronal connections, or a change in the division of labour among brain … Read More

In Conversation with Dr Catherine Walsh

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The Gryphon meets with one of Leeds’ resident astrochemists to discuss her eminent research, emerging technologies in astronomy, and the challenges facing women working in physics. How do you go about detecting a molecule millions of miles away, in an entirely different solar system? That’s exactly what Dr. Catherine Walsh, … Read More

Where the Wild Things Aren’t – British Flora Post-Brexit

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If I close my eyes and think back to my childhood, I picture myself with my grandparents walking through the woods near to my house. I can hear the damp rustling of the leaves, and feel the cold caress of the stark spring air. The most vivid memory I possess, that … Read More

Clean-up your act: Solution to our Ocean’s Plastic Crisis?

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If you’ve been living in a cave this last year, or on a social media hiatus that caused you to miss the news and Blue Planet 2, you may not know about the planet’s plastic crisis. But it feels like most of us are becoming more aware of the issue … Read More

Calimari with a Side of Ecstacy, please

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Elephants on LSD, bees on cocaine, and now to add to the mix of bizarre scientific studies… Octopuses on MDMA. Dr. Gül Dölen, a neuroscientist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, recently published a study in Current Biology of the behavioural effects of 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (aka MDMA) on the … Read More

The fight against venom in developing countries

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With the Marvel film Venom hitting the cinemas on 5th October, now seems the perfect time to get the message out about just how much of a neglected danger venom is in the real world. What I mean by venom here is not the symbiotic alien in the film, but … Read More

Pancaked: What Planet are they on?

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Exploring the plausibility of Flat-Earthers’ beliefs ahead of their upcoming rally in Leeds. You may think that the human race has come a long way since believing the earth is flat, what with satellites depicting images of a spherical earth, the visible existence of lunar eclipses and the general employment … Read More

Paint Me Like One of Your Polymers

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The incredible paint that could keep our cities cool. On September 27 2018, an article was published in the Science journal introducing an innovative ‘polymer paint’ that could be used to cool surfaces, particularly in cities. This is revolutionary in a world where cities are rapidly expanding which creates a surplus … Read More